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Young colours of China

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Chinese students at Kala Kunj. (Arnab Mondal)

Students sang, danced, recited poems, demonstrated martial arts skills and enacted plays to mark the sixth anniversary of The School of Chinese Language at Kala Kunj recently.

The guests included a few students from Kunming No. 8 High School in China, who were in the city on an exchange programme with Sushila Birla Girls’ School and Birla High School. The chief guest on the occasion was Zhou Maoyi, the acting consul general of China in Calcutta.

“It was great to speak Mandarin with Indian friends. More and more people want to learn Mandarin these days. Learn Chinese and make friends all over the world,” Zhou Maoyi said.

The principal of The School of Chinese Language, Madan Saraff, said: “We are getting more students every year who are all eager to visit China. China and India are similar countries with similar dreams.”

Vice-principal Charisma Saraff also took part in the play, San Gu Mao Lu (Three Visits to the Thatched Cottage).

The participating schools included Birla High School, St. Xavier’s Collegiate School, St. Lawrence High School and the Ashok Hall Group of Schools.

Graffiti for a cause

Around 15 CRY (Child Rights and You) student volunteers painted two walls in the Park Circus and Ballygunge area on two successive days, urging Calcuttans to “open your eyes” and be more sensitive towards child rights. The focus of the campaign was child labour. With the support of Calcutta Tramways Company, the civic authorities and entreprenuer Ankit Singhi, the students transformed the walls into bright message boards.

Contributed by Samabrita Sen